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Shot in the aftermath of the devastating fire aboard the USS Franklin in March 1945, this silent movie footage was shot by U.S. Navy cameraman for a documentary about the incident. At  3:00 , you will see burned out interior spaces of the carrier, standing in start contrast to parts of the ship that were untouched by fire.  At  5:30 , an African American officer (?) is seen in the ship. Unfortunately we do not know more about this particular film, who shot it, or why. The USS Franklin...
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Produced in 1944 by Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, GRUMMAN AT WAR shows the company in full swing as part of the WWII production effort. The film was released along with a companion book to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the company's founding. By the time it was made, production of the Wildcat and Avenger had been taken over by the Eastern Aircraft Division of General Motors Corporation, under their FM and TBM designations, to allow Grumman to concentrate on production of the...
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The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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This color film “Highlights 1970” was produced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It opens with NASA photos of the March 7, 1970 total solar eclipse (:35-:52). Two types of weather satellites were already transmitting data 1970: the TIROS Operational Satellite and the Nimbus (:53- 1:15 ). In aeronautics, NASA continued researching wake turbulence using a C-47 and smoke from the tower, with footage shown of these otherwise invisible air patterns ( 1:16 - 1:30 ). An Earth...
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This black-and-white World War II-era film takes a look at combat conditions on the ground and in the air during WWII. The film has a cold open, with a narrator detailing conditions suffered by both Allied and Axis forces, but soon delves into the role of air power during the war and how it supports ground troops. Between World War I and World War II, we are told, the relationship between air power and land power was unclear. By the 1940s, Allied forced realized air power can weaken any...
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“Operation Seadragon” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” — about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. The were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from the Navy in 1949 after 22 years service and introduces this episode....
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Presented by the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), “Impact The Story of Metal in Motion” is a 1960s informational film detailing how aluminum is used to create parts and components for a variety of uses, primarily through extrusion and impact techniques. It was probably aimed at engineers and designers who were tasked with making parts of various kinds, to get their creative juices flowing. The narrator explains (starting at mark  01:45 ) that ALCOA makes many of its parts using...
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Taking place in the spring and summer of 1972, this color film details live footage of the laying of a 123kV, three core, oil-filled power cable submerged between Lepe, England and Thorness Bay, Isle of Wight, a popular tourist center. At that time, the bulk of electricity was provided via two underwater (sub-marine) cables. The Southern Electricity board decided to install a third cable ( 1:32 ) and hired Balfour, Beatty & Co., Limited. To make this continuous cable for a 3-mile sub-marine...
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The United States Navy presents “The NOL Story,” a circa 1950 color film that informs the viewer of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland. (The site had done considerable work that had practical impact upon world technology). Covering 900 acres with more than 70 buildings, the film shows the viewer an aerial view of the facility beginning at mark  01:30  before discussing the “ultramodern” facility and its research and development of new naval weapons. The film is...
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The 50th anniversary of Pan American Airlines (Pan Am) and a record-setting flight are celebrated in this 1977 film. The film opens with a narration of man’s desire to explore the globe — first by sea and later by air — most notably Wiley Post (mark  00:45 ) who was the first pilot to fly solo around the world in his Lockheed Vega aircraft, the Winnie Mae, in 1933. In 1947 the first around-the world passenger service was inaugurated in a Lockheed Constellation made for Pan Am. At mark ...
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This black and white film TROOPSHIP dates to WWII and is presented by the British Ministry of Information. At least some of it was filmed by the Army Film Unit before January 17, 1943, as the SS Vestfold, which was destroyed by a German submarine on that date, is shown leaving the arrival port at 6:43 in the film. The theme song “Hold Your Hats On (Toodle-Oodle-OO)” was copyrighted December 31, 1942 by Sonny Miller. TROOPSHIP shows a converted ocean liner drafted into Royal Navy service...
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On July 30, 1942, the WAVES became a World War II division of the U.S. Navy, and consisted entirely of women. The name was the acronym for "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service". The word "emergency" implied that the acceptance of women was due to the unusual circumstances of World War II, and at the end of the war the women would not be allowed to continue in Navy careers. Their official name was the U.S. Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), but the nickname of the...
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Project Mohole was an ambitious attempt to drill through the Earth's crust into the Mohorovi i discontinuity, and to provide an Earth science complement to the high profile Space Race. The project was initially led by the American Miscellaneous Society (AMSOC) with funding from the National Science Foundation. Phase One was executed in spring 1961. Five holes were drilled off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico, the deepest at 183 m (601 ft) below the sea floor in 3,500 m (11,700 ft) of...
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This extremely rare silent film provides an inside look at the Central Gun Camera Film Processing Laboratory and likely dates to the Korean War. The role of the CGCFPL was to process tens of thousands of feet of gun camera footage obtained by U.S. Air Force pilots.This footage was shot primarily on 16mm motion picture film by cameras that were typically mounted in the wings of airplanes, and which were activated when combat or bomb drops were initiated. Gun camera films were used during WWII,...
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This fascinating, silent 16mm movie comes from the estate of William Hawley Bowlus (May 8, 1896 - August 27, 1967) or someone who was close to him. Bowlus was a designer, engineer and builder of aircraft (especially gliders) and recreational vehicles in the 1930s and '40s. Shown in this film is the plywood XCG-16a experimental military glider, which was ordered by the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 based on designs made by Bowlus in 1942. The glider was supposed to be able to fly at 200 miles per...
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“Sky Pilot” was an episode of the CBS television series Navy Log, originally airing on October 25, 1955. (The series was touted as a military drama based on true naval stories.) Narrated by Robert Carson and featuring Stanley Clements, Harry Townes, and Hayden Rorke (later of “I Dream of Jeannie” fame), the episode is set aboard the USS Nereus (AS-17), a Fulton-class submarine tender, in 1953, and revolves around a crewman who is up for promotion. His behavior becomes erratic and he is...
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“The Fire Brewing Story” is a circa 1960 color promotional film that opens with an aerial view of Detroit and a voiceover reminder that “modern” cities are always on the move, especially a city’s industry. This holds true for the Stroh’s Brewery Company, as the camera pans in on the company’s red brick at mark  01:30  and the film’s title fills the screen. Near mark  02:00  the camera takes us to a “recreation center” within the brewery as smartly dressed men and women...
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Part 2 of the 1962 documentary “The Truth About Communism” continues its explanation of the terror presented by the Soviet Union and its ideology. Narrated by Ronald Reagan (who as United States President nearly 30 years after this film would influence the fall of Communism), the picture opens in Czechoslovakia where democratic elements, led by President Edvard Benes, hoped the Soviet Union would allow Czechoslovakia the freedom to choose its own form of government and aspired to a...
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Made by the International Shoe Company to promote its HyTest Safety Shoes brand, “One Ounce of Safety,” a 1940s black-and-white safety film produced “in the interests of foot safety.” Set in a steel plant, the film stresses the importance of safety shoes, and in one demonstration at mark  03:43  illustrates the point as the plant supervisor whacks his reinforced-tip shoe with a hammer. The point’s driven home when a metal rod falls on the foot of a worker at mark  04:26 . Waking up...
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This old travelogue profiles some of the world's most important harbors starting with Stockholm, Sweden and Goteborg. Puerto Barrios in Guatemala is seen at 1:00 , Rio De Janeiro Brazil at 1:50 , Alexandria Harbor in Egypt at 3:00 , Le Havre, France and Paris at 5:00 , Honolulu, Hawaii at 5:50 , and Yokohama, Japan at 7:00 . We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it...
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This amateur, silent home movie shows a trip to Hawaii and Alaska in the 1970s, apparently made aboard the liner SS Arcadia. SS Arcadia was a passenger liner built for P&O in 1953 to service the UK to Australia route. Towards the end of her life she operated as a cruise ship, based in Sydney, until scrapped in 1979. This film doubtless dates to the 1970-1974 timeline when, after a refit, she became a full-time one-class cruise ship and worked the west coat of America, making a series of...
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This silent 16mm home movie was made by someone who worked for (or possibly even owned) the Gettelman Brewery in Milwaukee. The Gettelman Brewery was established on Milwaukee's west side in 1856, and was justly famous for its brews $1000 Beer and Milwaukee's Best. (The $1000 label was a guarantee: the brewery promised $1,000 to anyone who could prove that Gettelman didn't use anything but pure malt, hops and water.) Gettelman never cracked the top four of nationally known Milwaukee breweries;...
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  This silent 16mm home movie shot in the 1940s starts with images of the Copper Queen Mine in Morenci, Arizona at :29. You will also see images of the town including the Morenci Hotel, completed in the fall of 1903 at a cost of $25,000. It had 2 dining rooms and 22 guest rooms. It's visible at :41. At 1:31, the film appears to show the road to the gigantic copper smelter. The smokestack can be seen at 2:20. At 2:27 are leeching ponds for copper substrates. At 2:59, the filmmaker takes a drive...
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The ground shakes, buildings crumble, walls fall, and music swells in the opening moments of the 19-minute U.S. Army Corps of Engineers film, “Response to Disaster,” detailing the events of Great Alaskan earthquake (also known as the Good Friday earthquake) on March 27, 1964. “Beneath this rugged crust of Earth in our 49th state, Alaska, tremendous stress has built up miles below the surface,” the announcer warns beginning at mark  00:32  as the camera pans snow-covered mountains. At...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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FLYING TO FREEDOM documents the 1977 defection by a pilot in China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force. On July 7, 1977, Cmdr. Fan Yuanyan of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force flew his MiG-19 from Jinjiang, Fujian, in the communist People’s Republic of China to Tainan, Taiwan. The timing of this defection, which also came as U.S. President Jimmy Carter was moving decisively toward normalization of relations with the PRC, made Fan an anti-communist star in Taiwan and the U.S.A. (It...
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This color early 1970s film about recycling was produced by the Solid Waste Management Office and the Environmental Protection Agency. The film opens with a “junk man” riding in a horse-drawn wagon loaded with scrap metals ( 0:08 - 0:32 ). Young men and women unload, sort, weigh, and fill containers of aluminum cans ( 0:33 - 1:20 ). Pallets of crushed cans are moved by forklifts, fired, and recycled into new sheets of metal ( 1:21 - 2:08 ). Children help as tin cans are pushed into large...
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This silent 16mm film shows the Century 21 Exposition, also known as the Seattle World's Fair, held April 21, 1962, to October 21, 1962. Nearly 10 million people attended the fair. Unlike some other world's fairs of its era, Century 21 made a profit. The film includes rare views of the fairgrounds, monorail, and of course the Space Needle in its original orange paint scheme. As planned, the exposition left behind a fairground and numerous public buildings and public works; some credit it with...
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Made in 1948, "Land of Fair Dinkum" is a travelogue about Australia that had it's title -- which was not in common use among Australians -- criticized by the Australian Consul-General when initially released. Paramount Pictures' Paul White defended the title, saying that several Australians had recommended it to him. The film was one of a series entitled "Our Changing World" made for distribution to educational institutions. The film shows New South Wales with its surfing,...
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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
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This never-seen-before silent, color 8mm home movie film was shot of the launch of the doomed S.S.EDMUND FITZGERALD on June 7, 1958. The film shows the crowds of spectators at Great Lakes Engineering Works. More than 15,000 people attended Fitzgerald's christening and launch ceremony on June 7, 1958. But the event was plagued by misfortunes: When Elizabeth Fitzgerald, wife of Edmund Fitzgerald, tried to christen the ship by smashing a champagne bottle over the bow, it took her three attempts to...
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Dating to the 1950s, Pan American World Airways’ travel film Wings To Germany highlights the urban and rural attractions of the country. The film begins with Pan Am’s Clipper flight 100 on route to Frankfurt, Germany. Frankfurt is a bustling city, featuring Eschenheimer Turm ( 01:49 ) and other old buildings with busy streets and cafés. West Berlin ( 02:33 ) is similarly a bustling urban center with a number of sidewalk cafés. The Airlift Memorial in the city’s center is a popular...
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Created by Douglas Aircraft, A REPORT ON ANTARCTICA was presented (with accompanying sound, not available here) to show aircraft used in support of the 18th Air Force in 1957-58. Specifically it presents footage of the Air Force Task Unit of the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing’s mission in support of the International Geophysical Year (1 July 1957-31 December 1958). This mission (most likely occurring in 1957), which is part of Operation Deep Freeze, features Douglas C-124 Globemaster IIs being used...
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Presented by the Mead Atlanta Paper Company, Inc., PINE PACKS A PUNCH is a short film on the company’s operations in Georgia, which includes some emphasis on soil conservation. Produced by Robert M. Carson, this film shows the role the company (and Georgia’s timber industry) plays in the packaging industry. The film begins by discussing how agriculture has historically played a central role in Georgia’s economy, but the reliance on only a few crops—namely cotton—led to soil depletion...
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Primary Flight Training: Race Track Patterns, Part II (MN-3474k) is the second short U.S. Navy training film from 1945 that discusses the basics of flying a race track pattern. The film features a Navy instructor explaining concepts to his student, and it uses footage of a Navy N2S Stearman flying the patterns while supplementing with graphics to illustrate the concepts and issues new pilots will need to understand to perform the primary maneuver of the film—the 180-degree power-on approach....
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Made in 1945 or 46, this extraordinary 16mm silent home movie shows a visit to the war-torn Philippines by a U.S. military officer. The film begins with a flight aboard a propeller driven aircraft from an unknown base to Manila. At 1:35 the aircraft lands at an unknown airport before the journey continues by plane and then by boat. By 2:51 the flag of the Philippines is seen, and it appears this part of the film was shot from a boat. At 3:00 a large Spanish-style structure is seen, which at...
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Made by Shell Oil, this educational film -- one of six made to explain the principles of flight -- discusses the physical forces of air, atmospheric pressure, and how lift is created. The film uses a series of simple experiments and demonstrations with household and laboratory equipment to demonstrate how the increased flow of air over the top of the wing causes lift.  The film features a variety of aircraft including the DC-3 and Cessna AT-17 Bobcat ( 7:40 ). We encourage viewers to add...
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Made in 1946, "Military Censorship" attempts to explain the need for censorship of communications by the U.S. Army in time of conflict. The film looks at the defensive measures used during WWII, which included censorship of mail and the withholding of information from the press. At mark  0:43  the film begins with images of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United states of America. This has form the way of life today conceived by freedom. Freedom of life,...
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“The Last Ten Feet” is a circa 1940 black-and-white presentation by oil and gas manufacturer Esso and the Oil Industry Information Committee. “All that the average motorist sees of the American oil industry is the ten feet of hose leading from the service station gasoline pump to his car. This is the story behind those last ten feet,” a card tells us at mark  00:47 . From there the 1940s-era film embarks on telling that tale as friendly gas station attendants filling tanks, checking...
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“Pacific Enemy Number Two Malaria” is a 1944 training film that outlines the way the United States military fought malaria in the islands of the South Pacific during World War II. “Pacific enemy number one — the Jap — has been blasted out,” the narrator says at mark  00:50  as we watch peaceful scenes from a Pacific island. Yet another threat remains — the mosquito (mark  01:04 ), “whose tiny bite can mean malaria.” Illustrative footage is shown as scientists take blood...
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The Diamond State Telephone Company presents “The Delaware Story” — “the story of a free people in a free land.” The 1950s color film provides the viewer with historical, economic, and cultural information on the “Diamond State” (a nickname bestowed by Thomas Jefferson, we’re told at mark  00:40 ). Through color illustrations the film discusses the Native Americans who once called the area home (mark  01:07 ), the destruction of a 1631 Dutch Colony, and the development of...
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AMERICAN COWBOY is a documentary about Gus Roberson, an American cowboy who has a ranch at Gunnison, Colorado. The film is part of the Ford Motor Co.'s "Americans At Home" series, and is narrated by journalist Joseph March and was directed by Larry Madison. The film shows a modern portrait of cattle ranching in the West, showcasing the difficulties of raising animal herds in tough environmental conditions. The film begins with the journalist arriving in Gunnison by steam train, and...
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This historic, silent film from Republic Aviation shows the development of the company's ill-fated SD-3 Snooper drone. A second film PF# 54484 is also available. The film begins with shots of a slide rule and a drafting table (:42), as the drone is designed. A so-called breadboard model of the flight controller is seen at :51, and a circuit board is shown at 1:14 , part of the guidance system. At 1:30 a large analog computer mainframe is shown being used to analyze data. At 1:39 , a woman...
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Made by the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War, PENETRATION AND LOW APPROACH PROCEDURES FOR JET AIRCRAFT was shown to pilots to explain the techniques used to make instrument approaches to runways in situations where there is low visibility. The start of the film shows a Lockheed T-33 jet performing a training mission. At 1:32 , the mission encounters overcast and zero visibility weather during landing. The film then explains how all runways have standard, automatic radar and other features...
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This rare silent film from 1935 promotes the Ruth Dredger, a trench digging and clearing machine that was built in California in the 1920s. It begins showing "old model Ruths" at the start, before moving on to show the latest "continuous action" models, including a factory-new Ruth being delivered to a customer in Nebraska via railroad. Some of the dredgers shown include one working on irrigation canals near Yuma, Arizona and at ( 8:33 ) Coolidge, Arizona. The Ruth Dredger...
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Made as part of the WWII war effort by Chrysler, THE BOFORS GUN TEAM shows the manufacture of the Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun then in use by the Navy and Army. This was one of the most stunning manufacturing feats of the war, since the Bofors was an extremely intimidating weapon to mass produce and many believed it could not be produced in quantity, in time to make a difference in the war. Within 3 years however Chrysler had shipped over 40,000 complete mechanisms and 75,000 barrels. At 1:55...
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This 1968 U.S. Navy film SUBMARINE SOUND AND VIBRATION MEASUREMENT shows the techniques used to conduct airborne and structureborne noise surveys, in hopes of producing quieter and stealthier submarines. The film begins with an overview of the noise problem, with subs giving away their position to the enemy, and causing various crew problems including deafness.  As the narrator describes:  Noise is a potential hazard by which a submarine might give away its location to the enemy, it shows...
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This U.S. Navy fire training film was produced by Technical Communications, Inc. in 1969 and is an overview of the fire fighting course for men assigned to carrier duty. Made in the wake of the disastrous fire aboard USS Oriskany in 1966 and the USS Forrestal fire in 1967, the purpose of this film is to educate the Hangar Deck crew on how to confine, control and/or extinguish a fire on a naval aircraft carrier. The opening scene ( 0:14 ) is a naval aircraft carrier at sea -- most likely USS...
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Command of the Seas: Arctic is part of the U.S. Navy’s 1950s film series that promotes the Navy’s activities in the world’s oceans to establish and maintain “command of the seas” to ensure global security. In this short film, the focus is on the emerging presence of the Navy in the Arctic Ocean. The film opens with shots of U.S. warships ( 01:17 ) as the narrator explains the role the U.S. Navy has in keeping the seas peaceful. The one place still untamed is the Arctic. The Arctic (...
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This promotional film by Boeing features the Model 707 Stratotanker / Stratoliner, America's first jet transport. Known as the Boeing 367-80, or simply as the Dash 80, this American four-engine prototype aircraft tail # N70700 demonstrated the advantages of jet propulsion for commercial aviation. It served as base for the design of the KC-135 tanker and the 707 airliner. Some of the design features of the aircraft were pioneered in the B-52 aircraft. The film shows many of the features of the...
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Made in the 1950s, “This is Lakehurst” explains the history of this famous air station. Lakehurst is the US Naval Air Force's station in Ocean County, New Jersey (:45). Commissioned in 1921, it is best known for being the base for airship training, development and operation (:54). It rests 75 miles south of New York and 50 miles east of Philadelphia ( 1:04 ). A facet of it's many varied missions is the Naval Air Technical Training Unit ( 1:13 ). In the phase nicknamed “flying the...
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Made in the 1940s by the National Board of Fire Underwriters and the Factory Insurance Association, STOP FIRES SAVE JOBS shows the threat of fires in the workplace: how they are caused, what their impact can be, and how they can be prevented. The film contains a lot of wonderful shots of factories, workers, fire engines and fire fighters, and of course -- fires. The film begins with fire; how fire may make jobs, be the servant of industry, creates goods and payrolls ( 1:01 ), when uncontrolled...
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Produced in 1945, "The 6th Marine Division on Okinawa" is documentary film about the Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. The film was released shortly after the event as part of the WWII war bond effort. During the campaign for Okinawa (Operation Iceberg) the Sixth Marine Division was assigned to the III Amphibious Corps. This Academy Award nominated documentary film tells the story of the 82 days fighting on the Island of Okinawa. It was shot in Kodachrome color. The...
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Dating to the 1930s, "An Egyptian Adventure" is a comedy travelogue that presents a U.S. Navy sailor's view of Egypt which (as a title card states) was "once the happy homeland of the Pharoahs". The film begins with images of statues, probably of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. At :50 some of the water works near the Nile River are seen, used to move water onto the fields. At  1:10  the Nile is seen followed at  1:21  by images of Cairo with its mosques and busy streets. At ...
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Promoting the Southern Pacific Railroad's Golden State and Sunset Routes, between New Orleans, Chicago and the Pacific Coast respectively, this vintage 1940s travelogue film shows tourists traveling by both train and motor buses to Carlsbad Caverns. The film begins with images of El Paso and a journey to Carlsbad Caverns. A motor coach is used to transport tourists at mark  1:20 . Guadalupe Canyon is seen at mark  1:45 . The highway to this follows the old Butterfield Trail. At mark  1:56 ,...
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This black-and-white United States Navy Training Film, produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc. in 1960, is titled “Damage Control: Shipboard Fire Fighting, Basic” and covers shipboard fire-fighting basics. The picture opens with ships at sea an a reminder that vessels underway are at constant risk of fire, which can spread and place both the ship and her crew in danger. It is up to the sailors on board to know how to extinguish a blaze should one occur, the narrator explains starting...
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The Hong Kong Tourist Association presents “Destination Hong Kong,” a 1960s color picture from Dudley Productions Limited. Considered “the crossroads of the Orient,” the narrator explains how its harbors regularly receives goods and people from the all the world’s continents. Mark  01:09  reveals a boatful of tourists watching ships unload before returning focus to the business activities of the seaport “whose main reason for existence is the worldwide import and export of...
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Dating to the year 1933, this silent film from the Chicago Public School System under Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William J. Bogan celebrates "A Century of Progress handicapped children". (The "Century of Progress" was the name of the Chicago World's Fair of this same time period). The film gives an extraordinary glimpse into "state of the art" education for children with disabilities in the first part of the 20th Century, and is one of a couple films in our...
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An excerpt from a longer documentary film about Adolf Hitler, this 7.5 minute segment follows the Fuhrer from the assassination attempt on July 20, 1944 through his suicide on August 30, 1945. The film begins with some of the last footage of Hitler shot before the assassination attempt, and shows him visiting injured staff in the hospital after the incident. At :51, Hitler is seen visiting with Mussolini. At  1:19 , the public trial of the plotters is seen. At  3:00 , footage of the...
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This silent, color 16mm home movie shows a trip to the Golden Gate International Exposition located on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. The film begins with shots at an unidentified airport (possibly Grand Central Airport in Los Angeles) where a TWA DC-2 emblazoned with "The Lindbergh Line" is seen landing at :33 seconds. At  1:00  there are shots from the interior of the plane including a stunning sunset at  1:10 . At  1:40 , a sign welcomes us to the entrance to Pan...
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NOTE: AUDIO ON THIS FILM IS SUBSTANDARD DUE TO WATER DAMAGE. The 1964 short film Aviation Mechanic, produced by MPO, promotes the profession of the aviation mechanic and the Academy of Aeronautics (now the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology). The film covers the wide variety of careers available to an aviation mechanic, including servicing jets for commercial airlines, selling and maintaining private planes, advancing military aircraft, and working on rocket propulsion systems for...
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This episode of "The Greatest Drama" -- Mister New York -- is about Grover Whalen (1886-1962) and the influential role he played in New York City politics and society. The film begins by acknowledging that Grover Whalen ( 00:17 ) is master of the ticker tape parades that began in New York City (the first ticker tape parade occurred the year of Whalen’s birth, celebrating the dedication of the Statue of Liberty). Whalen tells the viewers how he organized the parades ( 00:29 ), making...
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This episode of “Yesterday's Newsreel” is from the early 1950s television series that combined original General Newsreel Company footage with contemporary narratives. It begins with Tom Hale announcing it is “the television highlights of the news of yesteryear” (:13). The film starts in 1920, the first World War had ended, yet as specified by the Treaty of Versailles (:50) Allied troops remained to patrol waters. These are actual shots of the American Marines policing water ways between...
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One of the "This Land of Ours" films made by prolific producer Carl Dudley, this 1950s educational film looks at the state of Utah in the American west. Utah means “top of the mountain” and is bordered by five states: Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado (:34). This state was originally under water, as evidenced by the wave-cut terraces (:45). The largest of what remains is The Great Salt Lake ( 1:02 ), so salty a person can float in it. Utah’s Mormon roots date to July...
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film Bulletin provides the viewer with footage of the U.S. Army’s “Basic Training of Glider-Borne Troops.” This footage is “Part 2: Loading Equipment in the CG-4A” — a 48-foot long cargo glider that can carry 13 soldiers, along with a pilot and co-pilot. The camera takes us inside the glider, as the narrator explains what a soldier will see inside the glider. An explanation of the glider’s tie-down rings (for heavy equipment...
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The first few seconds of this World War II-era film immediately identifies it as an official training film from the War Department … and restricted. Produced by the Army Air Forces and photographed by combat camera crews, the film introduces the viewer to “Bombers Over North Africa” starting at mark  00:32 , and the Battle of Tunisia. General Dwight D. Eisenhower appears at mark  00:45  to discuss Allied movements in the Tunisia Campaign, which took place between November 1942 and May...
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This black and white film "Tomorrow The Stars", narrated by broadcaster Lowell Thomas, covers five early 1960s Air Force topics: the B-58 Hustler, Project Excelsior, preparing pilots for future space travel, solar research, and the Atlas missile. The Conair B-58 Hustler, the world’s first supersonic bomber, is capable of Mach 2 flight with four General Electric J79 engines and a delta wing. It had a 20mm multi-barrel cannon in the tail and could carry five conventional or nuclear...
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This 1960s color film has titles in French but is narrated in English. It focuses on the European stops served by Air France in the “Evasions (Escapes)” travelogues. In Nice, passengers emerge from the Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle-III (F-BJTO). A bird’s-eye view of the beach line is shown, followed by a closer view of the well-organized deck with blue lawn chairs and blue and white umbrellas (:30- 1:13 ). Below, children play in the surf and sand ( 1:14 - 1:48 ). Palm trees and flowers...
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Made in 1957-58 by the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization and the University of Michigan, "The Invisible Enemy" attempts to discuss the dangers of radioactive fallout and the need for fallout shelters. The film features a professor making a scientific lecture about radiation, its unseen powers, and lethal effects. The film features images of geiger counters, atomic bomb blasts ( 3:56 ), research nuclear reactors ( 6:35 ), medical use of nuclear radiation ( 8:15 ) and more. At...
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The Pan American Airlines promotional film series New Horizons, produced during the late 1960s or early 1970s, advertised the various destinations serviced by the U.S. commercial airlines. In New Horizons: Hawaii, Pan Am highlights the numerous attractions found in the United States’ newest state. The film begins with scenes from a traditional village near Honolulu where locals hula dance ( 00:41 ) and make wooden carvings ( 01:03 ). Elderly members of the community, who are highly respected,...
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Released in 1966, this U.S. Air Force produced documentary shows the 1965 William Tell, a biennial aerial gunnery competition with fighter aircraft held by the United States Air Force in every even-numbered year. In the competition, teams representing the various major commands of the USAF compete in live-fire exercises, using towed banner targets for gun engagements, and obsolete fighters converted into unmanned target drones (currently QF-4 Phantoms) for air-to-air missile engagements. The...
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Made in 1943 by the National Film Board of Canada, BATTLE IS OUR BUSINESS shows basic training of troops for the Canadian Army. The film has a dual purpose, stressing both the continuing importance of the infantry in modern warfare, and the importance of training in producing good infantrymen. The short opens with shots of a parade: NCO explains value of drill; various sorts of weapons training (bayonet; loading/aiming/firing rifles; cleaning 2" mortars and Brens; firing Brens and Thompson...
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This 1970s travelogue of Red Square, Moscow shows Lenin's tomb, St. Basil's Cathedral and other prominent landmarks in the heart of the Soviet Union's capitol. The film includes a changing of the guard at the tomb at  1:15 , with crowds of people seen observing the somber ceremony. At  1:58 , some of the long lines of people paying respects to Lenin and those who died defending the Soviet Union are seen including Young Pioneers. At  2:40 , a military parade is seen featuring rocket...
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This 20-minute film shows the highlights of Pan Am Airlines' "Pan Am Makes the Going Great" global ad campaign in 1969. Featuring animation by Henry 'Hank' Syverson, a cartoonist and illustrator, who contributed cartoons regularly to The Saturday Evening Post" and many other magazines in this era. At the time these ads were made the Pan Am account was managed by J. Walter Thompson, and global in reach. This reel contains TV, radio, and print advertising samples. Pan American...
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Based on the famed "Joe MaGee" series of instructional films made by General Electric, "Fundamentals of Manual Shielded Arc Welding Part 2" presents vertical and overhead techniques for arc welding. Joe Magee was an animated character created by General Electric in 1942 to present the subject of arc welding, and always seems to do the "wrong thing". The original series consisted of six, ten minute films; but in this re-release they are condensed and extended into...
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Note: this film has water damage at the head, please see  2:16  where the Missile Recovery segment begins, it is not so pronounced. Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut encouraged servicemen to “keep on learning” in this circa 1956 black-and-white education film. It consists of various segments including "Missile Recovery", "An Almanac of Liberty", and a history of the "Submarine". An Air Force technical sergeant opens the film at mark  00:22  to...
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Produced by the Department of Agriculture in 1971, this historic film "A Lady Called Camille" documents the devastation caused by Hurricane Camille in 1969 and shows the the suffering it caused tens of thousands of people in Mississippi and through the Southern U.S.. While 259 lives were lost to the hurricane, thousands were saved due to emergency planning, highly trained rescue teams, the Red Cross, and help from the forces of government.  Hurricane Camille was the third and...
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Steel production through continuous casting is the thrust of this 1960s color film. Continuous casting replaced ingot casting, the traditional method of working with a single iron ore batch from start to finish before starting a new batch. Equipment used to sit idle while other equipment was in use. Continuous casting increases efficiency and decreases energy consumption. Today, more than 90 percent of total steel production in the world is continuously cast. In continuous casting, throughout...
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CBS created The Search, an educational series produced by the Public Affairs Department, in the 1950s to share scientific research with viewers in an easy-to-understand manner. The 26-episode series aired over 1954 and 1955. This episode, “Colorado School of Mines: Uranium Prospecting and Mining, Golden Colorado,” is hosted by Charles Romine and shows all the phases of the uranium rush happening on the Colorado Plateau. The film begins with footage of atomic bombs detonating ( 00:50 ; 01:08...
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Created from the General Newsreel Co.'s archives, YESTERDAY'S NEWSREELS was an early TV show. This episode begins with "Freedom's Documents", showing the 1920 display of the Declaration of Independence and other documents. The first draft of Constitution is displayed. 29 years later ( 1:13 ) in New Jersey the Freedom Train is shown in 1949. Here’s the Bill of Rights ( 1:33 ). President Lincoln's address ( 1:41 ) with words of hope. Next, an escape artist - the "handcuff...
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This black-and-white World War II-era film takes a look at combat conditions on the ground and in the air during WWII. The film has a cold open, with a narrator detailing conditions suffered by both Allied and Axis forces, but by mark  02:30  delves into the role of air power during the war and how it supports ground troops. Between World War I and World War II, we are told, the relationship between air power and land power was unclear. By the 1940s, Allied forced realized air power can...
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“The Shuttle Car Operator” is 1960s-era color film taking the viewer deep inside a bituminous coal mine to learn more about the coal-mining industry. The camera takes us into cramped spaces as drills make their way through the earth (mark  01:15 ) and coal hauled away on trolleys called shuttle cars. But the job of a shuttle car operator is one of the most dangerous in the coal mining industry, we’re told at mark  02:10 , with one out of every seven transportation injuries involving...
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“Television Serves its Community” is a 1960 educational documentary revealing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community. It follows three programs at KTLA in Los Angeles as they are planned, rehearsed, and televised. In addition to showing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community, it also shows the use of live cameras, film, magnetic tape, and remote pick-ups from trucks and helicopters. At mark  00:45  it is...
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This promotional film for the Bofors Oerlikon 20 mm cannon shows the popular weapon mounted in an armored vehicle. This gun is one of a series of autocannons, based on an original German 20 mm Becker design that appeared very early in World War I. It was widely produced by Oerlikon Contraves and others, with various models employed by both Allied and Axis forces during World War II, and many versions still in use today. The weapon can be used as an anti-aircraft gun (used against helicopters...
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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
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“The Magic Vault” is a black-and-white feature following an expedition with Commander George Dyott in the 1930s. (Dyott was a British pioneer aviator and explorer.) It opens with Dyott finding porters (mark  01:05 ) for his expedition to Tungurahua, the “Black Giant” volcano in Ecuador. Winding their way up a trail, through deep gorges, and across rivers, Dyott and his team abandon their mules at mark  02:50  and continue their journey on foot as they struggle through fog and rain....
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Presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce, this film shows some early underwater habitats, including the EDALHab, one the first of its kind. EDLAHab was used for Project FLARE, Florida Aquanot Research Expedition, a pioneering effort to examine the nitrogen/oxygen diving techniques sponsored by the University of New Hampshire and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA. UNH's Engineering Design and Analysis Laboratory was formed in 1965 as an interdisciplinary faculty...
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This fascinating, silent 16mm movie comes from the estate of William Hawley Bowlus (May 8, 1896 - August 27, 1967) or someone who was close to him. Bowlus was a designer, engineer and builder of aircraft (especially gliders) and recreational vehicles in the 1930s and '40s. The film begins showing Bowlus buildling a balsa wood model of an airplane, most likely a P-61 Black Widow. At 2:00 , Bowlus shows off another model, this one of a midget racing car. At 3:10 , Bowlus is seen looking at a...
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Dating to approximately 1975, PORTRAIT THE BLUE ANGELS was created by the U.S. Navy and McDonnell Douglas, manufacturer of the A-4F Skyhawk II. The Navy's Flight Demonstration Team downsized to the subsonic Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II in December 1974 and was reorganized into the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. Immediately prior to this configuration, the Blues flew the McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, a Mach 2.2 capable, two-set fighter. The 1974 reorganization permitted the establishment of...
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Hosted by Rear Admiral Leonard "Swoosh" Snead, the Navy's project manager for the F-14 Tomcat, this 1974 movie provides an update to the on-going efforts to put the aircraft with the fleet. The film shows the remarkable efforts the Grumman employed to test, manufacture, and deploy this remarkable fighter. At this point only 13 aircraft had been delivered from Northrop Grumman to Miramar, and the plane's potential was not fully known. The film shows VF-1 and VF-2 beginning independent...
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Made in 1945 after the German surrender, this WWII combat bulletin was produced by the Army Air Forces. It shows various combat scenes and developments, starting with the use of JATO bottles for aircraft at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. At  1:40 , bomb damage is seen at Mainz, Germany including extensive damage to the city's railway terminals and electric power plant. At  2:20 , Worms Germany is seen almost entirely decimated by bomb strikes, although the cathedral is seen relatively intact....
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This wonderful, innuendo-filled, animated 1949 color film, Avoidable Carrier Accidents, is United States Navy Training Film MN4353q. It opens with animated cars obeying a traffic light ( 0:13 - 0:20 ). A uniformed Navy officer looks upon a “Join the Navy” recruitment sign, which zooms into an Arabian location where the rest of the film takes place ( 0:21 - 0:40 ). The pilots take a break from sea and head to a bar, where a scantily clad belly dancer performs and a pilot “crashes” onto...
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Dating to the 1940s, this silent Encyclopedia Brittanica produced film shows "Desert Arabs" -- the bedouins of Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The life of these nomads is shown, traveling with flocks of sheep to pasture areas, and living in tents (shown at  1:27 ). At  1:57 , the churning of goat's milk is seen. At  2:29 , camels are shown being loaded to carry large basket-like saddles. At  3:40 , donkeys are shown being herded. At  3:50 , a caravan makes its way to an oasis. A baby...
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Shot during WWII, this silent film shows part of the Ingersoll Works in Chicago, Illinois. During this time period of critical war production, Ingersoll built shell casings and gas drop tanks for aircraft, and these are seen being manufactured. The war placed a premium on manpower, so a lot of Rosie the Riveter women worked in the plant in this era as seen at  7:24 ,  8:12 ,  10:13  and elsewhere. The end of the film at  10:56 shows the steps in taking an ingot of metal and making a...
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Made in the 1940s, this profile of the famed Fuller Brush Company and its products and manufacturing techniques, gives some insight into one of America's most famous brands of the 20th Century. The film stars Alfred C. Fuller, who began what was to become Fuller Brush Company in a basement shop in Somerville, Massachusetts; In 1906 he moved to Hartford, Connecticut (the factory is seen at  3:00 ) and founded the company. The company began with door-to-door sales of brushes of various sorts,...
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The Caterpillar Tractor Company presents “Report on the Giant,” a 1950s color film examining the D9 “the giant of the earth movers.” (The D9 is a large track-type tractor usually sold as a bulldozer and equipped with a detachable large blade and a rear ripper attachment.) The D9 is shown in various settings, such as hauling timber through forests, moving raw material in an industrial setting, and separating heavy rock. “Wherever it is working, the D9 is making the most severe...
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An underappreciated sequel of sorts to the film "The Negro Soldier", “Teamwork” is a US War Department black-and-white training film directed at African Americans on the subject of team work. The film's production history is chronicled in the book "Making Movies Black" by Thomas Cripps, "Teamwork" was almost not made, as the Army by 1944 viewed such films as superfluous. Fortunately for filmmaker Carlton Moss, General Lyman Munson, Anatol Litvak and Frank Capra...
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An official War Department film produced by the United States Army Signal Corps during WWII, “How Good Is A Gun?” opens with a scene from “a valley where Nazis rule. A valley of death.” As the camera pans across the ruins of what was once a town, the narrator says that no rocket or “mysterious ray” destroyed this place. “Just firepower — firepower of American war production … fighting to save this town and every town from the swastika.” American infantrymen are shown sharing...
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